The INS Vikrant R11 was a Majestic-Class Aircraft Carrier of the Indian Navy. It was inducted into the Indian Navy in 1961. The 19,500-tonne Aircraft carrier was the first of its kind for an Asian country at the time.
The warship saw combat action in two successive sprints. First in the Operations of Goa’s Liberation in 1961, and then in the Bangladesh Liberation Campaign in 1971. The Vikrant enforced a Naval blockade in December 1971 that led to a key victory for India in the Eastern Theatre. In 1984, the INS Vikrant was refitted to take on Sea Harrier fighter jets to support V/STOL (Vertical/Short take-off and landing).
After serving in the Indian Navy for 36 years, it was decommissioned in January 1997. The INS Vikrant inspired millions by being preserved as a museum ship in Mumbai’s Naval docks. It was later scrapped in November 2014. In 2022, the Indian Navy commissioned its first-ever Indigenous Aircraft Carrier named IAC Vikrant in honour of its predecessor.